I think most of the "dropping" in these polls is due to everyone's reaction to not having Brax. As has already been said, if OSU wins out, they're in the playoffs. So let's just take it one game at a time.
I loved the idea of having had him in town to help OSU put the "press" on Harris and Burrell, but it was not meant to be. I still think Buckeyes land at least one of the visitors this weekend, in addition to Gibson.
Either way, I am stoked for this game, but will be out celebrating my wife's birthday...and checking my text alerts.
There's only one ranking I care about - is OSU in the top 4 when the Selection Committee announces their final rankings?
Bragg dropping OSU is not a shock. I thought that they'd stay in it a bit longer, but he's always been Lexington bound IMO. Win some, lose some, but still hate for such an elite Ohio talent to go somewhere else.
Perhaps, but at least one of them was a pass attempt over 7 yards...
IMO, the coaches felt that OSU had superior enough talent to beat Navy pretty soundly without opening up the playbook much. However, once it was obvious that Navy wasn't going away, and was keying on OSU's run and screens, the Bucks opened it up a bit more, used a little bit more creativity and pulled away. Doing so also gave the defense a sense of momentum and support from the offense, as well as some much needed rest.
I am hoping that they playbook is indeed more "open" this week and we see some offensive creativity. Also, against a more pro-style offense, our DLine, and D overall, will have more of a chance to showcase new schemes and changes, as well as their natural gift - pass rushing - as opposed to reading the option.
The point spread is 12, and I think it's right on for this one. I will admit that I was quite worried when Navy answered to make it 14-13, but the Smith bomb convinced me that the Bucks were going to pull it out. We'll learn much more about this team this week, which fortunately is at home.
I think some of his coordinators' playcalling is questionable, but I don't know that I'd put all of the deficiencies squarely on him and say he hasn't coached well...that's pretty ridiculous.
Look, give Verne some credit. He has a difficult enough time remembering to put his pants on each morning. So, pronouncing a kid's name is an awful lot to ask of him.
Nailed it! I agree 100% with all of the above.
I think that there are many positives from this game. At the very least, Barrett and the OLine now have tape to review and receive critiques on their performances. That was certainly ugly, but a win is a win, and overall, I thought that the D looked pretty good considering how long they were asked to be on the field. They kept the team in it the first half. Now, let's go out and get a W against Va Tech. Most importantly, I hope that they stay healthy and continue to improve with each game.
The future is certainly bright in Columbus, and the present could still be pretty special too! Go Bucks!
Once they opened up the playbook more, they looked pretty good on offense.
DLine played pretty well.
Pretty good day for Barrett.
Where has that OLine been ALL DAY?
TD here effectively ends this one...
Navy calling a timeout in order to get the play reviewed I assume?
Gotta give us that one after that terrible "fumble."
My only complaint about OSU's offensive scheme is that I wish they ran more power formations in short yardage, but hell they scored a lot of points last year, and I guess that's what matters.
This 3rd down is HUGE.
Mullen nailed. Gotta give him credit!
Impressive! Well done. It's taking the two most awesome things in the world and putting them together!
So stoked for the 2014 Edition of our Buckeyes. This just never gets old -
Let's go Bucks! Show them Ohio's here!!!
Yet another example of how these teams truly become families. Bravo Jeff!
There's always the European based website option for those of us who do not have cable because, well, it's Comcast.
That was a double facepalm type of day for the SEC East. Wow, both games were pretty shocking.
Vanderbilt was just so worn down from playing that SEC gauntlet last year, and from practicing against SEC caliber talent.